1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:469.



WILLIAM WHITEHEAD. This gentleman is the son of a tradesman in the town of Cambridge, and was a member of Clare-Hall. He accompanied the lords viscount Nuneham and Villiers, sons of the earls of Harcourt, and Jersey, in their travels during the years 1754, 1755, and 1756. In 1757, he was appointed poet laureat on the death of Colley Cibber, which office he at present holds, together with that of register of the order of the Bath. He is the author of several poetical works of considerable merit, and the following dramatick pieces,

1. The Roman Father. T. 8vo. 1750.
2. Fatal Constancy. A Sketch. 12mo. 1753.
3. Creusa, Queen of Athens. T. 8vo. 1754.
4. The School for Lovers. C. 8vo. 1762.
5. A Trip to Scotland. F. 8vo. 1770.